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ASML Holding

When the global semiconductor market took a nosedive in 2001, ASML Holding was sucked down along with it. The Netherlands-based company, one of the world's leading makers of semiconductor-manufacturing equipment, pulled up sharply after the industry recovered last year. A combination of price hikes and increased orders for systems -- including its Twinscan lithography system -- boosted revenues 60%, to $3 billion.

And, just in time for ASML Holding's 20th anniversary, the company pulled its net income back into the black, to $288.6 million, from a loss of $196.5 million in 2003. This year, the company aims to improve time-to-market and cost competitiveness.

Company Info

Revenues* $3.4 BILLION
Revenue Growth 60.7%
Return on Equity 21.3%
Total Return-8.5%
Profits* $396.6 MILLION
All figures are for the most recent available 12 months.

* Latest available data for the 12-month period ended Dec. 31, Jan. 31, Feb. 29, Mar. 31, or Apr. 30. For companies that do not report quarterly, the most recent annual data were used.

Data provided by Standard & Poor's Compustat, BusinessWeek

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Company Snapshot

ASML Holding N.V., through its subsidiaries, provides advanced technology systems for the semiconductor industry. It offers an integrated portfolio of lithography systems mainly for manufacturing complex integrated circuits; special applications; MaskTools; and optics products. ASML Holding was founded in 1984. It was formerly known as ASM Lithography Holding N.V. and changed its name to ASML Holding N.V. in 2001. The company is headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands.

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Eric  Meurice

Eric Meurice


Eric Meurice joined ASML in October 2004 as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Management. Prior to joining ASML, Mr. Meurice was Executive Vice President of Thomson Television Worldwide, a division of Thomson Consumer Electronics. Mr. Meurice has earned a Master's degree in applied economics (1979), Sorbonne University, Paris; Master's degree in mechanics and energy generation (1979), Ecole Centrale de Paris; and an MBA (1984), Stanford University, California.